January's book is On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (2019)
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library.
1/5 Poetry, 4/5 Fiction, 100% raw, unfiltered, and graphic, this first novel by the Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong deals with fear of immigrants, homophobia, the opioid crisis, and aftershocks of the Vietnam War. Little Dog pens a letter to his mother, who cannot read. "A table in lieu of history," he writes. "To be gorgeous, you must first be seen, but to be seen allows you to be hunted." Buffaloes blindly follow each other over the cliff to become butterflies.
Each meeting we will pick apart a recent novel from various genres with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills to great effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Tense, Argot, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the novel in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
How does 'literary forensics' work? For more information and resources, please visit my Book Club informational site, here: http://www.garyalanmcbride.com/boulder-book-club-for-writers/